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Photo Aggregator x Lifestyle Chatter x Interest Discovery Tool. 400,000 DLs in first three months."


Founded: 2013
Employees: 7
Quick Pitch:


Emotiful is a mobile, social platform for iPhone, iPad and Android that connects millennials, their social network, and the lifestyle brands that mean something to them through the photos they share. We launched a beta version in Dec 2013, achieving more than 380,000 downloads within 11 weeks. Emotiful will use the capital to increase engagement, expand the network, identify value lifestyle segments, and build a machine-learning engine.



Dinan Gunawardena

Dinan Gunawardena is COO/CTO and co-founder of Emotiful. Dinan has 18+ years of experience leading successful engineering teams. At Microsoft Research Cambridge, he co-authored 20+ patents, and led development for a major search/ad tech algo upgrade to Bing. Prior to Microsoft Research, Dinan led engineering teams at 2 computer networking startups, both of whom went IPO. Dinan holds a MS in CS from Cambridge Univ. and an MBA from Warwick.


Mahyar Salek

Mahyar Salek is CEO and co-founder of Emotiful. Previously, Mahyar worked at Microsoft Research Cambridge, where he focused on state-of-the-art crowdsourcing and media tagging approaches that form the foundation for the next generation of Microsoft products. Before that, Mahyar designed proprietary algorithms for MojoLive, a startup social career management platform. Mahyar holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the USC.


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